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Contact Information for State Legislatures

To my regular readers: The following contact information is for you to make your voices heard now. You can do the easy way and simply email your Congressman. If you are really angry about something you see give them a call. The effect of a call is so much greater than that of an email. Elected officials want to hear from you so they know what their people want. If you do nothing at all they are rightly led to believe that it is not something they should spend time on. I ask that you print this out and put it on your refrigerator for easy access.

The rights Americans have with the 21st Ammendment should not be something put to waste. Do you know how many places there are where people would love to have the freedom to speak out against injustice.  Please recognize this as something you do for your family and your neighborhoods.

Alabama
Senate: State House, 11 S. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130, 334-242-7800
House: State House, 11 S. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130, 334-242-7600
Web site: http://www.legislature.state.al.us

Alaska
Senate: State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182, 1-800-478-4648
House: State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182, 1-800-478-4648
Web site: http://www.legis.state.ak.us

Arizona
Senate: Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-542-3559
House: Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, 602-542-4221
Web site: http://www.azleg.state.az.us

Arkansas
Senate: 320 State Capitol Bldg., Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-2902
House: 320 State Capitol Bldg., Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-6211
Web site: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us

California
Senate: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-445-4311
Assembly: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814, 916-445-2323
Web site: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov

Colorado
Senate: State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203, 303-866-2316
House: State Capitol, 200 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203, 303-866-2904
Web site: http://www.colorado.gov

Connecticut
Senate: Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT 06106-1591, 860-240-0500
House: Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT 06106-1591, 860-240-0400
Web site: http://www.cga.ct.gov

Delaware
Senate: Legislative Hall, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, DE 19903, 302-739-4129
House: Legislative Hall, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, DE 19903, 302-739-4087
Web site: http://www.legis.state.de.us

District of Columbia
Council of the District of Columbia, 441 Fourth St., NW, Ste. 716, Washington, DC 20001, 202-724-8000
Web site: http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us

Florida
Senate and House: The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-488-4371
Web site: http://www.leg.state.fl.us

Georgia
Senate: State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334, 404-656-5040
House: State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334, 404-656-5082
Web site: http://www.state.ga.us/legis

Hawaii
Senate: State Capitol, 415 Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-586-6720
House: State Capitol, 415 Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-587-0478
Web site: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov

Idaho
Senate and House: State Capitol Bldg., P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0081, 208-332-1000
Web site: http://www.legislature.idaho.gov

Illinois
Senate and House: State House, Springfield, IL 62706, 217-782-8223
Web site: http://www.state.il.us/state/legis

Indiana
Senate: State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-232-9400
House: State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204, 317-232-9600
Web site: http://www.in.gov

Iowa
Senate: State Capitol, Des Moines, IA 50319, 515-281-3371
House: State Capitol, Des Moines, IA 50319, 515-281-3221
Web site: http://www.legis.state.ia.us

Kansas
Senate and House: Statehouse, 300 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612, 785-296-2149
Web site: http://www.kslegislature.org

Kentucky
Senate and House: State Capitol, Frankfort, KY 40601, 1-800-372-7181
Web site: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us

Louisiana
Senate: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, 225-342-2040
House: State Capitol, Baton Rouge, LA 70804, 225-342-6945
Web site: http://www.legis.state.la.us

Maine
Senate: 3 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0003, (207) 287-1540
House: 2 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0002, (207) 287-1400
Web site: janus.state.me.us/legis

Maryland
Senate and House: State House, Annapolis, MD 21401, 1-800-492-7122
Web site: mlis.state.md.us

Massachusetts
Senate: State House, Boston, MA 02133, 617-722-1455
House: State House, Boston, MA 02133, 617-722-2000
Web site: http://www.state.ma.us/legis/legis.htm

Michigan
Senate: State Capitol, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-373-2400
House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909, 517-373-0135
Web site: http://www.legislature.mi.gov

Minnesota
Senate: State Capitol, 75 Constitution Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155,
651-296-0504
House: State Capitol, 100 Constitution Ave., St. Paul, MN 55155,
651-296-2146
Web site: http://www.leg.state.mn.us

Mississippi
Senate and House: New Capitol, P.O. Box 1018, Jackson, MS 39215-1018, 601-350-3770
Web site: http://www.ls.state.ms.us

Missouri
Senate: State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 573-751-0940
House: State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, 573-751-3829
Web site: http://www.moga.state.mo.us

Montana
Senate and House: Capitol Station, Helena, MT 59620, 406-444-4801
Web site: http://www.leg.state.mt.us

Nebraska

Senate and House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509-4604, 402-471-2271
Web site: http://www.unicam.state.ne.us

Nevada
Senate: 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89710, 775-684-6522
Assembly: 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89710, 775-684-8533
Web site: http://www.leg.state.nv.us

New Hampshire
Senate: State House, Concord, NH 03301, 603-271-2111
House: State House, Concord, NH 03301, 603-271-3661
Web site: gencourt.state.nh.us

New Jersey
Senate and House: State House Annex, P.O. Box, 068, Trenton, NJ 08625-0068, 609-292-4840
Web site: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us

New Mexico
Senate: State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-986-4714
House: State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM 87501, 505-986-4751
Web site: legis.state.nm.us/lcs

New York
Senate: Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247, 518-455-2800
Assembly: Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY 12247, 518-455-4100
Web site: http://www.assembly.state.ny.us

North Carolina
Senate and House: State Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27603-2808,
919-733-7928
Web site: http://www.ncleg.net

North Dakota
Senate: State Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0360,
701-328-3373
House: State Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0360,
701-328-2916
Web site: http://www.state.nd.us/lr

Ohio
Senate: State House, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-4900
House: State House, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-3357
Web site: ohio.gov

Oklahoma
Senate: State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105,
405-524-0126
House: State Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105,
405-521-2711
Web site: http://www.lsb.state.ok.us

Oregon
Senate and House: State Capitol, Salem, OR 97310, 503-986-1187
Web site: http://www.leg.state.or.us

Pennsylvania
Senate: Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-787-5920
House: Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 717-787-2372
Web site: http://www.legis.state.pa.us

Rhode Island
Senate and House: State House, Providence, RI 02903, 401-222-6655
Web site: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us

South Carolina
Senate: Gressette Bldg., P.O. Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202, 803-212-6700
House: Blatt Bldg., PO Box 11867, Columbia, SC 29211, 803-734-2010
Web site: http://www.scstatehouse.net

South Dakota
Senate: Capitol Building, Pierre, SD 57501-5070, 605-773-3821
House: Capitol Building, Pierre, SD 57501-5070, 605-773-3851
Web site: legis.state.sd.us

Tennessee
Senate: State Capitol, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-2730
House: State Capitol, Nashville, TN 37243, 615-741-2901
Web site: http://www.legislature.state.tn.us

Texas
Senate: State Capitol, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711, 512-463-0100
House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711, 512-463-4630
Web site: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us

Utah
Senate: State Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, 801-538-1035
House: State Capitol, Salt Lake City, UT 84114, 801-538-1029
Web site: http://www.le.state.ut.us

Vermont

Senate: State House, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-828-2241
House: State House, Montpelier, VT 05602, 802-828-2228
Web site: http://www.leg.state.vt.us

Virginia
Senate: General Assembly Building, P.O. Box 396, Richmond, VA 23218, 804-698-7410
House: State Capitol, P.O. Box 406, Richmond, VA 23218, 804-698-1500
Web site: legis.state.va.us

Washington
Senate: P.O. Box 40482, Olympia, WA 98504-0482, 360-786-7550
House: P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600, 360-786-7750
Web site: http://www.leg.wa.gov

West Virginia
Senate: State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305, 304-357-7800
House: State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305, 304-340-3200
Web site: http://www.legis.state.wv.us

Wisconsin
Senate: P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882, 608-266-2517
House: P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708, 608-266-1501
Web site: http://www.legis.state.wi.us

Wyoming
Senate: State Capitol, Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307-777-7711
House: State Capitol, Cheyenne, WY 82002, 307-777-7852
Web site: legisweb.state.wy.us



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Kansans reject Guantanamo detainees

LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (Reuters) – Not in my backyard! Not in my state! Not in my country! That was the response from politicians and business leaders in Kansas Monday to moves by President Barack Obama to transfer terrorism suspects from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to facilities in the United States, perhaps including Kansas.

“This is a patently bad idea,” Republican Senator Sam Brownback told reporters in the northeast Kansas riverside community of Leavenworth near the Fort Leavenworth U.S. Army base, which was cited this weekend as a possible new home for the Guantanamo prisoners.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that a government task force was considering as possible sites Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and a 604-bed maximum security prison in Standish, Michigan, that is scheduled to be closed.

An Obama administration official confirmed Monday that those sites were being looked at but said there were “many, many options” under consideration.

Obama has pledged to close the prison at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo by the end of the year but faces strong opposition from fellow Democrats and Republicans in Congress to transferring the remaining 240 prisoners to U.S. soil for detention and trial.

Harsh interrogations that some see as torture and the detention of suspected Islamic militants without trial at Guantanamo, opened for prisoners in President George W. Bush’s war against terrorism, have seriously damaged the United States’ international reputation.

Brownback said the inmates should stay at Guantanamo and vowed to work with other members of Congress to prohibit any funds from being used to move the prisoners to American soil.

He and other opponents say moving to a U.S. site would make the community a target for terrorist attacks and note that Leavenworth is close to rail lines and the heavily trafficked Missouri River.

They say no move is needed at all as the detainees are already being held “appropriately and safely” at the prison in Cuba, where there are also court facilities.

“NO” TO DETAINEES

“This community has spoken loud and clear. They don’t want the detainees here,” Republican U.S. Representative Jerry Moran told Monday’s news conference.

But the Obama administration counters that the U.S. court and prison systems have handled terrorism cases in the past and could deal with Guantanamo detainees. A number of convicted militants are already being held in U.S. prisons.

Congress has set strict limits on moving detainees until certain conditions are met, including informing lawmakers first and spelling out any threats prisoners could pose or how they were mitigated.

The 134-year-old military penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth is already a hardened high-security facility that could be further protected by the surrounding military base.

Business leaders in Leavenworth, about 40 miles from the Kansas City metropolitan area, say locating detainees near their community will depress property values, discourage new business development and put the residents at risk.

“We are not afraid of the prisoners breaking out,” said Leavenworth-Lansin Chamber of Commerce executive vice president Tim Holverson. “We are more concerned with their friends trying to break them out. We don’t want to be a target.”

(Reporting by Carey Gillam, additional reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky in Washington; Editing by David Storey)